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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (5/20/14) Edition

Henson named wrestling coach, football & baseball notes, Coaches Caravan in Princeton today, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, May 20 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen updates fans on his team as WVU is nearly three months away from the start of the 2014 season. We also hear from new head wrestling coach Sammie Henson who was officially introduced by Oliver Luck on Monday.

Rourke Named Associate AD for Student Services - WVU Athletics
He will be responsible for administering the student services division and overseeing the academic staff. He will work with student-athletes to establish academic goals and then organize and implement programs to assist the student-athletes in meeting those goals.

Schrand Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

The Best Returning Players in the Big 12 - Wide Right & Natty Lite
2. Juwan Staten - Point Guard - Senior - West Virginia

News of Note:


WVU's Henson Ready to Get to Work - WVU Athletics
Henson plans to hit the ground running at WVU.

MIKE CASAZZA: New mat coach feels culture match - Charleston Daily Mail
Henson, 43, replaces Craig Turnbull, who was fired in March. Turnbull’s teams were 0-9 in Big 12 matches in its first two seasons in the four-team conference and 13-20 overall in dual matches.

Henson new WVU wrestling coach - Charleston Gazette
"I was here training several years ago and I told my wife, ‘I could coach there. I could win there,’ ’’ Henson recalled.

Dave Hickman: ‘Bulldog’ brings fire to WVU wrestling - Charleston Gazette
Sammie Henson probably has a few things to learn before he really becomes a part of West Virginia University’s athletic staff.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Henson has felt wrestling’s highs and lows - Times West Virginian
Winning and losing. In the end, that’s what athletics are about and, to an even larger degree, it is what life is about.

Luck hires Henson as wrestling coach - WV MetroNews
West Virginia’s new wrestling coach built a reputation as a top recruiter at Missouri, Oklahoma and Penn State, and now he’s aiming to build the Mountaineers program into a Big 12 force.

WVU selects new wrestling coach - Register-Herald
Sammie Henson, who has excelled as a wrestler and as a coach, has been named West Virginia University’s eighth head wrestling coach, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck announced

WVU names Sammie Henson wrestling coach - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“Wrestling is hard. It's intense. You train months for seven minutes,” Luck said. “His enthusiasm is going to be an asset for our program.”

WVU Names Henson Wrestling Coach - BGN
When Sammie Henson came to Morgantown to help current West Virginia assistant Danny Felix train for the World Wrestling Championships in 2009, he has a distinct memory of telling his wife his first impressions of WVU.

The right fit -
Sammie Henson had only been to West Virginia once prior to his interview for the head wrestling coach position but that was enough to convince him that Morgantown was the right fit for the next step in his career.


Life Lessons - BGN
Tuesday, May 20, is the one-year anniversary of the tornado that devastated the town of Moore, Okla.. The West Virginia baseball team will take a break from preparations for the Big 12 Baseball Championship to join in a memorial service in the rebuilding city.


WVU ranked 56th in ESPN's 2014 Football Power Index - WVU Pros
With over three months until the regular season, questions abound about the program, including who the starting quarterback will be. Today, ESPN released their 2014 Preseason College Football Power Index in which WVU comes in at No. 56.

Holgorsen puts former UHS star on scholarship - Register-Herald
Jon Lewis of Morgantown was happily surprised while downtown last week on a mission at Christian Help.


Love to make the rounds - EerSports
After attending the Elite 11 Regional in Columbus, Ohio, on June 2, Love will unofficially visit West Virginia.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bryce Petty is Baylor Bears' most indispensable player 2014 - ESPN

Rhoads wants ISU to relax before hitting summer workout program - Ames Tribune

University of Kansas Baseball No. 22 Kansas to Open Big 12 Championship Against West Virginia - KU Athletics

Daniel Sams: The BOTC Interview - Bring On The Cats

Strong and weak: Oklahoma Sooners in 2014 - ESPN

Strong, weak positions: Oklahoma State Cowboys football 2014 - ESPN

Finding A Quarterback Remains A Texas Problem - Big 12 Conference

Monday Morning Manager: May 19th - Frogs O' War

Sophomore Davis Webb Stands Alone At QB - Big 12 Conference

What's On Tap:

Gold and Blue day in Princeton today - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Some of the top names in the West Virginia University department of athletics will arrive this evening at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton for the 44th anniversary of the southern West Virginia stop in the school’s annual “coaches caravan.”

Video of Interest:

Director of Athletics Oliver Luck introduces Sammie Henson as West Virginia University's eighth head wrestling coach.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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